Of Germanic origin.

French feminine form of the name Louis.

From the name Ludwig, meaning “famous warrior”.

It was the name of several European princesses.

Other forms of the name are Louisa, Lou, Lulu, Luella, Luiza, Gina.

Masculine forms of the name are Louis, Luis, Lewis, Lou, Ludwig.

Famous bearers are Louise Gluck, Louise Fletcher, Louise Brooks, Louise Nevelson, Louise Lombart, Louise Bourgoin, Louise Brealey, Louise Monot, Louise Dearman, Louise Pitre, Louise Jameson.

Louise is a popular name in Belgium and France.

American poet Louise Glück is a professor at Yale University. In 1993, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.